IDOC names new wardens for two E. Idaho correctional facilities

Idaho Department of Correction has named Amanda Gentry and Ross Castleton new wardens according to a news release.

Gentry will serve as warden of Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center. She joined IDOC in 2005 as a correctional officer and food service officer. In 2008, she promoted to the rank of sergeant. In 2010, she promoted to the rank of lieutenant. She is a graduate of Weber State University, where she majored in computer science.

Castleton will serve as warden of St. Anthony Work Camp. He joined IDOC in 1997 as a correctional officer at PWCC. In 2002, he became a drug and alcohol rehabilitation specialist. In 2004, he promoted to the rank of lieutenant. In 2006, he promoted to program manager. He is a graduate of Idaho State University where he majored in social work.

PWCC is a 289-bed women’s prison in Pocatello. The facility incarcerates women who are classified in all custody levels, and it serves as the entry point for women who are entering Idaho’s correctional system.

SAWC is a 240-bed men’s work camp in St. Anthony. The facility incarcerates minimum–custody offenders who are given the opportunity to work outside the facility in areas like wildland firefighting and potato processing. Some of the money offenders earn is set aside to help them successfully return to society. Their earnings are also used to pay their court–ordered fines and restitution, and to offset the costs of their incarceration.

In addition to its prison facilities in Pocatello and St. Anthony, IDOC has six prisons at its complex south of Boise along with prisons in Cottonwood and Orofino.